Stretch ceilings - the pros and cons of fabric and PVC fabrics

By Admin | Materials And Methods For Finishing Ceilings
12 April 2016

These options are finishing the ceiling all the denser part of our lives - very quickly they are installed, look nice and do not require surface preparation.So today on the agenda of the ceilings, the pros and cons of which we will look at in detail.

Pros and cons of suspended ceilings


  1. Advantages of tension ceilings
  2. Disadvantages stretch ceiling
  3. What can happen at the wrong mounting tension ceiling
  4. Features of suspended ceilings made of fabric and PVC film

Advantages of tension ceilings

Materials of construction for the two ceilings - a PVC film and a woven fabric.Since these materials have several different characteristics, and the advantages and disadvantages of suspended ceilings data will also be slightly different, we consider it in describing their pros and cons.

  • Read more about the different types of suspended ceilings look material: What types of suspended ceilings.

Long life

This, of course, a significant plus.Typical

ly, such manufacturers guarantee ceiling from 10 to 15 years of service.But in fact, experience has shown that the real lifespan is much longer.Quality products while no color or loses or specifications.For comparison, we take painted plasterboard - because it is already a couple of years will have to tint, and in the case of stretch ceilings only need from time to time, to make their surface cleaning.

Safety and environmental

Judging by the fact that European apartments throughout equip such ceilings, they pose no danger to health.You understand - there for such things must be strictly.Just what is wrong - it is prohibited.Well, then, that the film is made of PVC, does not mean that it can be harmful - even today PVC children's toys do.However, getting suspended ceiling, still check whether his certificate of European standards.And that in fact is now very easy to run into a Chinese fake.This is the main problem on which this advantage of suspended ceilings becomes a bug.

quite acceptable price

In the beginning, when there were only such ceilings, they cost much more.As time went on, it became a lot of producers, respectively, and the price of suspended ceilings fell.And now, once again comparing them with false ceilings of gypsum board, we often get the total cost is less than for suspended structures.After all, for them, in addition to paintings, to buy any materials is not necessary.But for the ceiling, except gypsum board and profile needed to paint and putty.But

: trying to save money, do not fall for the tricks of dishonest sellers.They sometimes give out fake comes from China for products of popular brands.And lure customers ultra-low prices, claiming that they are due to shares and savings.Therefore, if the goods are suspiciously cheap, carefully check it (or go around the side).

damp - not a hindrance for the stretch ceiling

If the bathroom is not the best ventilation, no paint, no wallpaper on the ceiling will not last long.A brand ceiling have often refreshing.But the ceiling of taut PVC film is not afraid of moisture, it does not spoil her.Not only that - even a few buckets of water spilled on top of sloppy neighbors endure such a film.Admittedly this advantage does not apply to textile ceilings.

The ceiling flooded with water
PVC ceiling, which is poured on top of water, then pumping the water and repair of facilities, in most cases, would be suitable for use.

Care is easy

Well, yes - no tint or change any items you do not have 15 years (covering will serve no less than this period).Suffice it to be regularly cleaned ceiling surface with a soft cloth.There will be dirt - use detergent.For PVC ceiling can be and glass cleaner to use, but not the one in the composition that has alcohol.

Hides base and engineering design

wiring, ventilation, fire sensors - all this can be reliably hide stretched under the ceiling.Incidentally, not less important is the fact that the original surface is not absolutely require no finishing.It may be covered with wallpaper, old peeling paint or whitewashed - for ceilings, it does not matter.And again, between the film and the base, if necessary, can accommodate a thermal insulator or sound insulator, which also will not be visible from the room.

Hiding Communications

The variety and range of design options

Oh yeah - those who browse directories with tension ceilings, sometimes simply breathtaking.So many colors and shades, so many textures, so many forms - the eyes do not tear.Amazing looks night sky with stars and planets, clusters, or glossy mirrored ceiling deep color.Silky satin matte surface or the classic suit those who like comfort and tranquility.But such texture, suede, metallic or marble, ornate and elegant look.

Important: do not neglect the services of a designer.It will help you choose exactly what is best for your home - because he led all the laws of the compatibility of textures and colors.

installation - no more than 5 hours

so fast none of the ceiling is not smontiruesh.And if the web is stretched in a simple level, three hours will suffice.We take into account the fact that there will be no construction debris during installation of suspended ceilings.They can be installed in the room where already made repairs worth furniture and apply wallpaper on the walls.Home - 0.6 meters from the wall to freedom of movement, leave the master.But

: installation of ceilings PVC films still remove the furniture, especially roads.It is better not to risk it, working with a heat gun.

Disadvantages stretch ceiling

strength - not at the height of

Unfortunately, it is easy to pierce something sharp thin film of polyvinyl chloride.Therefore in rooms with ceilings so you have to be careful with moving the high furniture.And during the holiday can be a danger champagne cork, hollow shot straight up.Yes, and "darts" it is not necessary to indulge in, as well as shoot at the ceiling toy pellets.However, textile fabric, unlike PVC, have a higher strength.

Fully sealed

This quality, on the one hand, is a plus.Indeed, precisely because it can save the suspended ceiling of the room, "the flood."But many believe that all surface areas (including, of course, and the ceiling) should "breathe."Of course in the case of PVC ceilings will not.As for fabric tension ceilings, they are deprived of the shortcomings and perfectly breathable.

Availability seams

This disadvantage is not so noticeable, except that much peer (of course, if the ceiling cloth quality).However, the room up to 5.1 meters wide can be found cloth seamless ceiling.PVC ceiling without seams, can be found for the premises up to a width of 3.5 meters.As you can see the presence of a small shortage will depend on the type of fabric and the size of your room.

Weld PVC fabric
seams on matte PVC ceiling will be even more noticeable.

Availability smell

new suspended ceiling can barely smell similar to the smell of a new jacket or a pair of shoes.It takes a few days - and this smell and not a trace remains.But if it does not, then there is an occasion to think about.Unpleasant "chemical" flavor, not erode long may indicate that before you fake poor quality.As mentioned above, before you buy is sure to ask the seller a certificate.

Independently suspended ceiling does not assemble

Unfortunately, that's exactly right.You have to pay professionals who will install.But let's look for the pros here.May have to part with the nth sum of money, but this time can be spent on something more pleasant.In addition, the installation and will take some three or five hours.Again, if the trust deed credible experts, it will be able to get away, as described below.

Installation of ceiling

What can happen at the wrong mounting tension ceiling

Collapse, swimming or separation cloth

Woe master, not able to work with a stretched canvas may get unexpected results:

# 1. Collapse - often there is a lack of using PVC fabric.This means that every time a door knock happens folding canvas.To get rid of this effect, it is necessary to align the pressure in the room and the ceiling.By the way, good master knows this.Indeed, manufacturers and do from this secret, providing the need for pressure equalization.

# 2. When the installation height of the ceiling, the power and angle of illumination defined by approximately the melting can occur PVC film.But if you carefully study the technology, we can see that it is strictly defined by these parameters.No need to once again experiment with the lamps, and then everything will be fine.

Reflow ceiling
An example of correct installation of illumination at which the PVC fabric not only poplavilos but cracked from the impact of high temperatures.

# 3. When attaching the ceiling to the gypsum boards may occur tear.But this will happen only if the structure is not reinforced by a scarf or a bar.Just be aware that GCR can not bear the load of 70 kilograms per meter (linear).

sagging canvas

If the installation is not made fabric quality, then it can happen slack.Saggy ceiling does not look very aesthetically pleasing.The reasons for this may be several: poor-quality welds, slack, poor knowledge of technology.Most often this occurs after the Gulf from the top.If the time to contact the experts, the service department will be able to return the ceiling smoothness and beauty.You see - another argument against self-assembly.

Sagging fabric
In this example, PVC sheet is very slack.

Features of suspended ceilings made of fabric and PVC film

PVC ceiling as mentioned, is very vulnerable to a variety of mechanical damage.It punctures, cuts, breaks from the blows.In addition, the PVC film "panic" is afraid of low temperatures.When cooled below freezing it becomes more fragile and grows stronger when the frost to minus 20 degrees, it is altogether destroyed.

If you opt for tension ceiling type of fabric, you can not be afraid of him to break, cut or punctured.The fabric is much stronger.And she was not afraid of cold and heat gun when pulling the ceiling is not required.And tissue can be painted, and up to ten times.However, the disadvantages of the ceiling will be:

  • It can not be washed with detergents, and care for him harder than the ceiling of the film.
  • Moisture him lower than that of PVC.After flooding the ceiling is not always possible to return the original form.
  • palette of colors in comparison with much poorer PVC ceilings.
  • Unfortunately, this type of ceiling - a one-off.When his replacement will have to change the whole framework.
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